Business leaders fight climate change

05/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A new television ad campaign will feature 30-second clips of companies that have made changes to their businesses to reduce their impact on global warming.

The ads are being produced by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Florida Wildlife Federation. Patrick Detcher, a consultant with the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, said the museum contains one of the largest collections of classic cars in the state. It also is outfitted with the largest solar array in the state, with 50 kilowatts of power.

Solar power isn’t cheap – certainly not now. But Detcher said the museum gets tax breaks from the state. Business, not government, is going to lead the charge in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, he said.

Art Kimbrough is with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, which is North Florida. Just within the last year, a new plant has opened called Green Circle Bio-Energy; it is considered the world’s largest wood pellet plant.

Some of the business officials who will be featured in new television ads are advocating supporting of a bill pending in the Senate that would place a cap and trade system in place on reducing greenhouse emissions.

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Not a smart idea

Sorry, I must disagree with the plan for hauling wood from North Florida all the way to Europe to be much fuel does that require and how many greenhouse gases created to get it there? Making wood pellets to burn to make electricity is a total waste of resources in the first place. This will lead to even more unsustainable forestry practices and loss of soil fertility. This is madness. Must be a huge amount of subsidies in the deal. So Environmental Defense and the FL Wildlife Federation have sold themselves out again to industry....they won't get any more of my membership dollars.

Jackson County will lose out

Green Circle Bio-Energy, a Swedish company, will ship Florida resources to be incinerated in European power plants. They will NOT use FSC certification to meet strict environmental and social standards. Florida forests protect our watershed. Not for long. Environmental Defense and the FL Wildlife Federation work for the timber barons.

FSC certification

is a sham. They certify logging operations which are clearcutting old-growth pristine forests! In any case, I agree that this is a disastrous plan - completely expected by the fake enviro groups pushing it. Have you seen this?